About the Herbarium

Herbarium, University Museum, University of Tokyo
Address Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan.
Telephone [81] 3/ 5841-2838
Fax [81] 3/ 5841-8451
Location map
Attention The Herbarium is only for botanical study.
Please contact the curator before you visit.
E-mail ti_herbarium@ns.bg.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Open 9:00a.m. --- 5:00p.m.
From Monday to Friday except National Holiday.

The Herbarium of the University of Tokyo (TI) is presently located at two differnt sites. The Monocotyledons and Choripetalae are housed in the Herbarium of the University Museum, University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. The Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae and Sympetalae are housed in the Herbarium of the Botanical Gardens, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Hakusan 3-7-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.

Specimens of lichens and Bryophytes are permanently on loan to the National Science Museum, Tsukuba (TNS), and specimens of Algae are on loan to the Herbarium, Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University (SAP). Herbaria incorporated in TI are TH and OCHA.

The Herbarium of the University of Tokyo was founded in 1877. As specimens increased, the herbarium was moved to the University Museum from the Department of Botany in the Fuculty of Science in 1965. The number of specimens are now about 1,700,000 sheets.

The herbarium contains collections of considerable scientific value, as well as historical collections: collections made in Japan by R. Yatabe (1851-1899), J. Matsumura (1856- 1928), B. Hayata (1874-1934), T.Nakai (1868-1952), T. Makino (1862-1957) and H. Hara (1911-1986); in Korea by T.Nakai; in Taiwan (Formosa), Thailand and Indo-China by B. Hayata; in Himalaya by H. Hara.

The herbarium is a research center for the study of Asian plants. In addition to the regions mentioned above, the herbarium also has collections from the Ryukyus, the Bonin Islands, Micronesia, Manchuria and other parts of China.

Recent important acquisition of specimens include collections from the Himalaya, the Kunlun Mountains and the Hengduan Mountains, China, totaling approximately 300.000 specimens. These were acquired mainly by the Botanical Expeditions to the Himalayan region and organized by the University of Tokyo since 1960 and through the exchange of herbarium specimens with the British Museum (Natural History), the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, the Harvard University Herbaria, the Department of Medical Plants (Katmandu), and the Botanical Survey of India.

Results from studies carried out in the herbarium have been published as The Flora of Eastern Himalaya (3 volumes), and The Himalayan Plants (2 volumes). Many other research papers have appeared mostly in the Journal of Japanese Botany.

Staff view staff
Regulation view regulation

Botany Database Top